UNT earns national award for excellence in diversity and inclusion efforts

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 08:46
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UNT's Latin Dreams focuses on empowering Latinos through education, identity development and leadership growth.
UNT's Latin Dreams focuses on empowering Latinos through education, identity development and leadership growth.

DENTON (UNT), Texas — The University of North Texas has once again received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from “INSIGHT Into Diversity” magazine.

For three straight years, UNT has earned this national recognition, which is given to U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

“We are very pleased to receive the HEED Award again this year. This award is a testament to UNT’s accomplishments to date and our potential toward becoming a more equitable, diverse and inclusive campus community,” said Joanne G. Woodard, vice president for Institutional Equity and Diversity at UNT.

The university is continually working to foster new programs and initiatives that can keep improving diversity and inclusion on campus through its Division of Institutional Equity & Diversity. Individual colleges and divisions across campus are doing their part as well by creating Diversity and Inclusion councils.

As a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution and Minority-Serving Institution, UNT is dedicated to helping underserved populations thrive on campus. This fall, UNT launched Latin Dreams, a new community group focused on empowering Latinos through education, identity development and leadership growth.

Each year, UNT also hosts the Equity & Diversity Conference, which gathers students, educators and thought leaders from around the country to discuss diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education. The conference will be held next Feb. 23, 2021 entirely online and be themed “Facing the Future Together: Allies, Accomplices & Action.”

As a recipient of the 2020 HEED Award, UNT will be featured along with other award winners in the November issue of “INSIGHT Into Diversity” magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108

Media Contacts:

Heather Noel
heather.noel@unt.edu
940-369-8218